Need a reason to celebrate your favorite candy item? Did you know July 15th is officially known as Gummi Worm Day? Or that National Jelly Bean Day falls on April 22nd? Check out this list of fun candy holidays.
- 3rd – National Chocolate Covered Cherry Day
- 8th – National English Toffee Day
- 26th – National Peanut Brittle Day
- 3rd week – American Chocolate Week
- 19th – National Chocolate Caramel Day
- 24th – National Chocolate-Covered Raisin Day
- 2nd – National Truffle Day
- 12th – National Nutty Fudge Day
- 15th – National Chocolate Chip Day
- 23rd – National Taffy Day
- 4th – National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day
- 10th – S’mores Day
- 30th – National Toasted Marshmallow Day
- National Caramel Month
- 28th – National Chocolate Day (2nd of the year!)
- 30th – National Candy Corn Day
- 31st – National Caramel Apple Day
- 12th – National Cocoa Day
- 16th – National Chocolate-Covered Anything Day
- 26th – National Candy Cane Day
- 28th – National Chocolate Day (3rd of the year!)
Process for Declaring Special Observances
It’s clear chocolate and candy play a unique role in our lives based on the variety and quantity of these special observances celebrating confectionery types. But, why do they exist and who started them?
That’s somewhat of a mystery. While the National Confectioners Association does maintain a list of many of these special observance days, the association does not have a connection to most of them. In many cases, the origin (and the sponsor) is unknown.
Is the government involved?
At one time, the federal government played a bigger role in declaring some commemorative events.
In the United States, the President has the authority to declare a commemorative event or day by proclamation. This is very rarely done; less than 150 are granted in an average year.
Until January 1995, Congress had been active in seeing that special observances were commemorated. Members of the Senate and House could introduce legislation for a special observance to commemorate people, events and other activities they thought worthy of national recognition. Because these bills took up a disproportionate amount of time on the part of senators and representatives and their staffs, when Congress met in January 1995 to review and reform its rules and procedures, it was decided the U.S. House of Representatives would discontinue this process. However, the U.S. Senate still does issue commemorative resolutions which do not have the force of law.
Some state legislatures and governors still proclaim special days, as do mayors of cities.
But, for the most part, special observances like those listed here (and thousands of others celebrating industries, events and people) were not created by an act of the executive or legislative branches of the government.
How were these days established?
There’s no accreditation process or government agency involved. The most well-known collection of these “holidays” is Chase’s, a calendar of events that serves as the unofficial gatekeeper of special observance days. They’ve been keeping track of the information since the 1950s. However, websites like the National Day Calendar have even more entries than Chase’s. Both of these groups accept submissions for celebratory days.
How does it work?
It’s actually a fairly simple process, and likely how most of the special observances involving candy were created. A company or individual connected to the candy type contacted Chase’s or a similar group with an idea. The day is often chosen for a significant reason. For example, the day before Halloween is Candy Corn Day.